Make Your Mark Foundation in Memory of Kayla Chadwick (a field of interest fund)
On Friday, March 26th, 2021, a new fund was launched at The Guelph Community Foundation called Make Your Mark Foundation in Memory of Kayla Chadwick. The fund was launched on Epilepsy Awareness Day. All money raised from this fund is to support local families living with Epilepsy and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).
On December 12, 2019, Kayla suffered a seizure in the middle of the night, one she was unable to overcome. Sadly, Kayla passed away in her sleep at the age of 10. Although never formally diagnosed with Epilepsy, it was determined that she had passed away from SUDEP. Kayla touched the lives of so many through her love of dance in Guelph and beyond. She was a beautiful and happy young girl whose infectious smile could light up any room and bring joy to those around her. She danced her way into the hearts of so many, displaying her amazing feats of strength and determination. Kayla accomplished a great deal in a short time. She was an extraordinary girl who stood out to everyone. Kayla was a tiny girl with an enormous heart; she was passionate, driven and brave.
This fund was created in memory of Kayla by her family – her mother Geri McIver, her father Scott Chadwick and her brother Tyler Chadwick. They hope that by sharing Kayla’s story, they can raise awareness and help educate others about Epilepsy and SUDEP.